Art’s Event Journal

Crime and Punishment

Crime 012414
Saturday March 8, 2014 / 8:00pm
Crime and Punishment
2 tickets
General Admission
735 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613

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The structure of the play is interesting, the dialogue good, and the essence of the book is there. However, the play starts after Raskolnikov kills the old lady and is told largely in flashbacks. His contemplation of murdering the old lady is omited, but is essential to seeing Raskolnikov go from seemingly rational and objective to near crazy. Lines about Lazarus and resurrection run throughout the play, without hint of their relationship to Raskolnikov's redemption at the end of the book. The result is that the actor playing Raskolnikov seems to be overacting to play a one note character crazed by his guilt.